Leveraging Item Banks (LIB)
One of a State Education Agencey's most valuable sets of intellectual property rests with its collection of test items. The costs of developing valid and reliable test items, whether selected-response or constructed-response are staggering and an annual fixture in the assessment budget. The Leveraging Item Banks (LIB) SCASS is building a secure, central repository of reliable assessment items for participating states to share.
LIB is working on a white paper that will describe selected cross-state item banking efforts and a consumers' guide for understanding issues in item banking, to assist states and school districts in developing, implementing and using item banks for both formative and summative assessment.
The LIB SCASS is currently focused on:
- Developing Cogntivie Complexity Sets of assessment items based on the skill standards of the National Health Education Standards and Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. These will be used to provide professional development for teachers as well as improve the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) SCASS item bank but increasing the number of more cognitively complex items.
- Developing book templates of books with health topics. Templates include discussion questions for both health content and health skills. Also includes assessments, vocabulary words, and teacher resources.
LIB Collaborative Advisor: Scott Elliot
Scott Elliot is the collaborative advisor for LIB SCASS. Dr. Elliot is currently the President of SEG Assessment, providing educational assessment and research services to educational publishers, assessment providers, government and credentialing agencies. Formerly, Dr. Elliot served as chief operating officer of Vantage Learning and has been in leadership roles at Educational Testing Service and National Evaluation Systems. He is a frequent contributor to the literature in education, with more than 75 books, publications and professional conference papers and has been seen on ABC and CNN.
Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan
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